Puzzled

Mnemonic

Proverbs 3:6-8
Good News Translation (GNT)

6 Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. 7 Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the Lord and refuse to do wrong. 8 If you do, it will be like good medicine, healing your wounds and easing your pains.


Mnemonic Plague

Let’s ponder all the ways
That might help us in the end
To recall the information
That has slipped away once again

It’s possible to remember
In many different ways
All the things we must recall
On oh so many days

Stories can be helpful
As well as the making of lists
But you must be sure and certain
Where the darn things exist

Then there’s always repetition
Run it over and over in your mind
It can be more effective than most
But man is it a grind

Every, good, boy, does, fine
Is a mnemonic of the musical kind
It’ll help you name notes on the scale
But those answers in math it can’t find

Nothing however is better to help you remember
Or give your memory a very good tweaking
Just add up the first letter of every verse
And do what it says instead of always speaking

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us to renew our minds and our hearts, and never forget Your ways. Thank You!

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Requests, Re-requests, and Re-re-requests

Insist

Luke 18:1-8
New Living Translation (NLT)

Parable of the Persistent Widow

18 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 2 “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. 3 A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ 4 The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, 5 but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

6 Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. 7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man[a] returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”


Insist Upon Your Dreams

Let us be insistent
Forever push ahead
Let us not give up
No matter what is said

Let us not pin all our hopes
And what they represent
On any single futile try
But try and try without relent

After all it is the squeaky wheel
That winds up with the grease
So we will squeak from stem to stern
And never give a moment’s peace

We will get what we want
If by nothing but sheer desire
We’ll wear our dreams upon our sleeves
As we would our daily attire

And then perhaps the world will notice
And help us along our way
And won’t that be a most special thing
On that most special day

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

May we always insist upon coming to You for all our needs. You are our true source of hope. Let us never forget that You hear and answer our ever prayer. Thank You!

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What’s Essential?

Simplify

Matthew 6:25-27
New Living Translation (NLT)

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?


Simplify

Why is it such a problem?
What’s standing in the way?
We complain about our busy lives,
That we’re going to change…someday,

It might be all the stuff up in the attic,
Or maybe how we always seem to work,
But we’re going to rearrange our life
Before we go berserk,

We’re going to take some time off,
And together do a thing or two,
We’re going to hug the folks we care about
Before our time is through,

We might decide to take a trip,
We might write the novel grand,
We might change the world for the better
Or just give others a helping hand,

Whatever it might be
That’s left a calling card upon your door,
Open up and let it in
Before there’s no time left anymore,

It’s just a simple recipe,
There’s nothing strange or odd,
Just set aside everything that you don’t need
Until you’re only left with God,

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Bless us with a heart and mind attuned to that which is most important. We push and shove, hurry and worry, and beat ourselves to death…over trinkets. Have mercy upon us and help us to change. Thank You!

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Change the Locks!

Tend

Job 5:17-18
New Living Translation (NLT)

17 “But consider the joy of those corrected by God!
Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin.
18 For though he wounds, he also bandages.
He strikes, but his hands also heal.


At-tending to Adult Children
(Sometimes things “tend” to get annoying when they appear too often)

You can tend to your sheep
You can tend to your garden
But you can’t tend to your children
Unless you tend to be a warden

They tend to be a problem
They tend to be a pain
When they tend to appear back in your home
They tend to drive you near insane

They tend to show up uninvited
They tend to appear at your front door
They always tend to eat up your food and drink
And tend to expect you to go and buy some more

And lately they tend to once again appear
And tend to return to their room
So you must tend to make it clear
That they’re tending toward their doom

It’s one thing to tend to hang around
It’s even one thing to tend to be “on the dole”
But when they tend to move back in
You must tend to take control

So forgive us if we tend to be
Parents who tend to believe in discipline
But if they intend to be “forever-children”
Then we intend for the whoopings to begin

 

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us to be good parents and mentors. Give us wisdom that we may impart and strength so we can discipline when necessary. I would not let my mule walk into a ditch and die without pulling on the reigns…how can I do less for those I love?

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Know Thyself

Bewildered

Matthew 5:37
New Living Translation (NLT)

37 Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’
Anything beyond this is from the evil one.


The Grooming of Ed

 

Be wilder Ed!

His mother would shout,

You’re far too tame

To in this world make out,

 

You try too hard

To just get along

You need to stand up

And sing your own song

 

You need to defend

What it is you believe

Otherwise people will think

You’ve got something up your sleeve

 

Just say what you think

And think it for certain

Don’t hide all your feelings

Behind a mysterious curtain

 

Let your yes be a yes

And your no be a no

And you’ll be surprised how much

People will think that you know

 

It’s easy to get along

If you don’t agree all the while

Just do it with grace

Just do it with style

 

Then you might even find

That you’re president one day

Cause all that it takes

Is to believe whatever you say

 

Cause integrity’s a rare thing

It’s a thing to behold

And to actually possess it

Is more precious than gold

 

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us, in this day of far too many words, to speak the truth simply and honestly. May we be sure of our views and to hold onto them with great courage. We ultimately answer only to You. Thank You, Lord for caring for us so.

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Enrolled in Life

 

Enroll

Psalm 1:1-2
New Living Translation (NLT)

1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.


Enrolled Above

Join with the living
Take part in this life
Whether it’s happy
Or filled with great strife

Enroll in its courses
And learn all that you can
From the song of the lark
To the weeping of man

Each lesson is precious
With the knowledge we find
The great gift of the living
Is learning God’s mind

We were made in His image
And that image is love
We’re brought up from the dust
To live in Heaven above

We are only here for a moment
Like a mist on a lake
So take advantage of life’s lessons
Before you awake

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Speak to us through this life of ours. Give us hearts and minds that trust You and know that every life lesson brings us closer to You. Thank You, Lord!

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Permit Me, Please

Permit

Psalm 19:8
New Living Translation (NLT)

8 The commandments of the Lord are right,
bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear,
giving insight for living.


Permits, Permissions, and Power

It seems we need a permit
To do most everything
From getting a driver’s license
To building a backyard swing

If you choose to protest and to march
Or raise some money for the poor
To be sure you don’t wind up in the jail
An official ok you must procure

And if your home needed an extra room
You had to get approval from the man
And you had to bring it up to code
Before the work began

And don’t you think it won’t cost you bucks
To have some inspector give approval
You’ll have to pay for all the paperwork
From foundation to trash removal

And your home owners association
Won’t even let you spit
If you break a single of its many rules
With a fine you will be hit

We really must have lost our way
Or at least that’s how it seems to be
If the Pilgrims had needed all this paperwork
Would there be a “Land of the Free”

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

You bless us with rules that are just and beneficial. May our officials follow after You. Than You!

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Soapbox Derby

Preacher

John 8:6-8
New Living Translation (NLT)

6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.


Preachers, Preachers Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink

It used to be a calling
Where they spread the gospel news
But today it seems it’s just a job
To share their personal views

And now they’re almost everywhere
Even in a boisterous mob
Where they preach a hard and vicious word
Telling folks to go and rob

Everywhere you turn it seems
There’s someone with advice
From the changing of the climate
To the climbing of oil’s price

They tell us what they think is wrong
On Twitter and Facebook
They’ll post about a thousand times
They could’ve written a whole book

And even your family’s quick to scold
About just what you went and did
Even your spouse will give you quite a lecture
About the lifting of the lid

It could be worse, I reckon
I could find myself in prison
There they’d tell me when to eat and sleep
Without a rhyme or reason

So forgive me for I climbed upon
A soapbox of my own
When you live inside a frail, glass house
You shouldn’t play with stones

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us today to not be so critical. Help us to have eyes and ears that are patient and kind. Help us to turn only to You for guidance, for You are truth. Thank You, Lord!

 

 

The Creature Within

Creature

Romans 5:18-19
New Living Translation (NLT)

18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.

 


Me and My Creature

There is a creature
That lives within
Who waits in the darkness
Plotting great sin

It’s cunning and clever
And knows where I’m weak
It waits for a quarrel
Never turning a cheek

It has me play judge
With a stone in my hand
While love is there stooping
Drawing truth in the sand

It had me betray
On that Passover night
For thirty small coins
I gave them his life

It has me call out
To free Barabbas today
While the Righteous stands silent
With nothing to say

It has me drive spikes
Through the hands of a king
I say it’s my job
Though he did not a thing

It speaks with a voice
That’s deceptively sweet
Telling me I’m innocent
For when did a king I every meet

But it’s true and I know it
As true as can be
All the sins of the world
Run through you and me

It’s just part of our nature
From the time of the fall
We all have a creature
Both great and both small

So pray for a cleansing
It’s what we must do
To be rid of our creature
We must be made new

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Thank You for Your wonderful gift of Jesus. Through Him we are made anew. Through Him we have life.

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How Could I?

Sympathize

Hebrews 12:1-3
New Living Translation (NLT)

God’s Discipline Proves His Love

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.


How Could I Sympathize?

How could I ever sympathize?
How could I know your pain?
If I had one million years
I could never quite explain,

The sorrow that your heart must hold,
The betrayal that cuts just like a knife,
When all of those you came to save
Would call out for your life,

And those who were so very close
Would deny they knew you at all,
When you had done before them
Miracles both great and small,

And how could I imagine
Your pain and agony
To feel the life’s blood drain from you
On a hill for all to see

And harder still than all of that
It’s impossible for me to comprehend
Of how you could endure all you did
And still be willing to call us friend

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Thank You for sending Jesus! Thank You for His sacrifice! We are able to come before You now, not by our worth or works, but by the incomprehensible gift He gave us…His righteousness. And though we cannot understand it, we sing His praise and give Him glory. Thank You, Lord Jesus!

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